All posts by: Kelly Duggan

  Most of us in animal welfare have a pretty negative conditioned emotional response to the word “tether.” It evokes images of emaciated dogs in filthy yards attached to heavy chains. In most cities, animal laws preclude owners from keeping...
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Dogs are natural problem-solvers. They are also hard-wired to work for their food, and Kongs provide an excellent outlet for this need. These hollow toys can be stuffed with a variety of dog food and goodies, and a thoughtfully-stuffed Kong...
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Imagine this. A young, talented artist moves to New Orleans with her stubby little short-stack doggie named Bauer. She adores this guy. Her world revolves around him. He is her everything. But in this new, denser setting (with heavily-trafficked streets...
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by Kelly Cottrell *This is a repost of an article originally written for StubbyDog in August, 2013.* Ever heard that a penny dropped from the Empire State Building will kill someone if it lands on his or her head? Or that Albert...
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I used to spend a good amount of time debating method choices in dog training on social media. I was very impassioned. I viewed punitive collars and training techniques as abusive and unethical. And I never missed an opportunity to...
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Words matter. They are of particular importance when we use them to ascribe meaning to certain events. In the case of dogs, the words we use to ascribe meaning to their behavior can give us a clearer picture of their...
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Have you ever been asked a question that stuck with you for weeks, maybe even months, after? A question that seeped deep into your brain, and seemed to marinate there, imbuing all of your thoughts going forward with its profundity?...
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Wouldn’t it be convenient if we didn’t have to motivate our dogs?  If they came to us pre-programmed to fit seamlessly into our society and day-to-day lives? Or if we just needed to exude the right “energy” and everything else...
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